An aerial survey across the Top Ends floodplains in May this year, has estimated the 2019 magpie goose
population as 1.48 million, double what it was two years ago.The Northern Territory Government is currently reviewing the Management Plan in consultation with key groups including recreational hunters, with the new plan to be in place prior to the next hunting season to ensure harvests continue to be sustainable.Hunters are reminded of several conditions relating to Waterfowl hunting in the NT, the Parks and Wildlife Commission conducts random patrols of hunting grounds to ensure hunters have their permits with them and are not using lead shot.
# B=breeds regularly at WTP; NB=non-breeding visitor; RB=rarely breeds at WTP; V=vagrant Species Scientific name Magpie Goose
Anseranas semipalmata Musk Duck Biziura lobata Freckled Duck Stictonetta naevosa Cape Barren Goose Cereopsis novaehollandiae Domestic Goose Anser sp.
Mr Whitfield says the surveys will ask people questions such as how many fish they've caught or magpie goose
eggs they've collected.
It's the magpie goose - and six of the ancient birds are among a batch of new arrivals at Washington Wildfowl and Wetland Centre.
PRIZED: The magpie goose, above, and ruddy shelduck, right, are recent arrivals at Washington Wildfowl and Wetland Centre.Picture: Tim McGuinness
Gannets and Boobies; Cormorants; Anhingas; Pelicans; Screamers; Waterfowl; Magpie Goose
; Flamingos; Herons; Egrets; Shoebill; Hamerkop; Ibis and Spoonbills; Storks; New World Vultures; Osprey; Hawks, Eagles and Kites.
The Minister for Environment and Natural Resources, Lauren Moss, today announced the 2017 Waterfowl Hunting season dates and conditions to protect seriously depleted magpie goose numbers.
The scientific research and analysis is clear - action must be taken now to allow the magpie goose population to recover.
Boggy Plain is an important freshwater wetland that serves as habitat for species including the magpie goose
(historically, up to 85% of the total Northern Territory's magpie geese have gathered there to feed at times) and the long-necked turtle.